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first_imgPROMISING NOLDE RALLIES TO TAKE $67,000 FRIDAY’S SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH AS ESPINOZA AND SHIRREFFS TEAM FOR ONE MILE TURF WIN IN 1.38.10ARCADIA, Calif. (June 21, 2019)–A different horse on grass, Jerry Moss’ promising homebred Nolde overcame a stumble at the break to take Friday’s $67,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by three quarters of a length under Victor Espinoza. A 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile, Nolde got one mile on turf in 1:38.10.“He’s a very powerful horse,” said Espinoza, who would go on to bag his third win of the day two races later.  “When he pushed off at the start, his hind end slipped a little, so I left him alone and let him get into his stride. He was able to recover and we were cruising behind those two horses (eventual runner-up Contagion and last place finisher Tikkun Olam). He finished really strong.”An attentive third into the Club House turn and up the backstretch, Nolde tackled Contagion when they straightened up for home and won in game fashion.A 3 ¼ length maiden special weight winner in his first try on turf May 3, Nolde was off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of seven sophomores and paid $4.60, $3.20 and $2.40.“He’s good on the turf and he’s a 3-year-old,” said Shirreffs, who intimated the horse could be considered for the opening day Oceanside Stakes going one mile on turf at Del Mar July 17.Out of the Dixie Union mare Sister Moon, Nolde is now 6-2-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $40,200, he has earnings of $97,490.Ridden by Southern California newcomer Abel Cedillo, Contagion made all the early running and finished second by 1 ¼ lengths over French-bred Proud Pedro. Off at 13-1, Contagion paid $10.40 and $5.00.The second choice at 8-5, Proud Pedro, ridden by Flavien Prat, was away slowly and rallied from mid-pack to be third while paying $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.50, 49.40, 1:14.25 and 1:26.31.last_img read more

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Friday Letters to the Editor

first_imgThe Rancho Palos Verdes “public records request” caper has all the trappings of a Washington, D.C., whodunit. Councilmen Doug Stern, Tom Long and Larry Clark have portrayed the requestors as guerilla fighters and perpetrators of financial ruin. This secret legal request is offensive, but it may very well have some merit. For five years some of us have questioned the financial priorities and management of the city. Until recently questions always received a response, but not necessarily an answer. During the recent election period, several questions to the new city manager were unanswered, delayed or ignored. Councilman Peter Gardiner finally started to question the council majority’s financial practices. City Council candidate Paul Wright also used his war chest to address this issue. One of the major points was/is information technology, including PVNet and Channel 33. Coincidentally, the management audit that includes this item was scheduled for completion after the election. Questions such as how much staff time was spent on items like the Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) plan were answered by “we don’t track those hours,” and yet the city manager knows that this public records request will cost $15,000 to $20,000. The council constantly allocates similar amounts to nonbudgeted items with barely a thought about the budget, but this request may require a budget modification. If only they had thought about budget management last year when the General Fund expenditures increased about $2.8 million (20 percent) from the previous year. When asked how much the city spent on consultants last year, the response was that it was not possible to answer that question. Just recently, the council allocated $15,750 to see if anyone actually watches Channel 33 and may spend $50,000 on the ill-defined vision plan in addition to the $135,000 previously spent on an abandoned plan. I have no idea what the requestors have in mind, but there may be more to the story than City Hall wants you to know. – DON REEVES Rancho Palos Verdes Huckabee: just like Bush Just when I thought times were getting better with Bush leaving next year, along comes another Bible-thumper from the middle of the country, who pardons hardened criminals for secretive and political reasons, and starts climbing in the polls. The rest of the United States must do a better job of getting the vote out so we don’t have to sit back and watch as Border Patrol agents sit in jail for doing their jobs while others get out after committing horrible crimes. Mike Huckabee reeks of Bush policy. I could see the occupation dragging out forever with Huckabee in office while Huckabee looks for more weapons of mass destruction. You should put the voters in this area on notice. The Bush administration is one of the most secretive in history. Mike Huckabee comes across as secretive as well. How did he stay in office for 10 years in Arkansas? The rest of us do not need four more years of secretive administration. – CHARLES ANTON San Pedro Reduce air traffic at LAX We are told Los Angeles International Airport is an accident about to happen. And what, kill hundreds of people, close LAX for months or years, cost the economy millions of dollars? And why? Simply because LAX management permits more takeoffs and landings than the airport was designed for. Reduce the takeoffs and landings back to the correct safety levels, and it will be a forcing function to use Long Beach, Ontario, John Wayne and maybe even the empty runways at closed Air Force bases. – JOHN ROEHRIG San Pedro160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Letters were on target Wow! Where do I start? Tuesday saw two outstanding letters to the editor. Norm Authier reminded us that the badly needed repairs to our overspending habits were all defeated by the liberal special interests and now the bill is due. Don’t blame Arnie; he came within an inch of sacrificing his own career to try and save us, and Tom Elias got what he asked for: more spending with no balanced budget in sight. Increasing entitlements that go on forever when we get a few extra bucks in the good month is just plain bad fiscal management. Regarding the letters by Joe Saraceno and Jim Overstreet: They are both exactly on target. Nuclear, coal, oil and “dirty diesel” power opponents got their wishes granted when no permits were issued to build or rebuild generators for many years, and we had no electricity to show for it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSaraceno is right: France knew how to manage the nuclear waste issue 25 years ago and offered to share the technology with us. So why are they so self-sufficient and we are still buying foreign oil with so much in our back yard? There is hope, guys; GE and others have applied for permits to build new reactors that take less time to construct (read 14 years instead of 20, so don’t breathe easy yet), and the states are seeing the nuclear light as the only way to keep them lit. “Know nukes” is making a catch-phrase comeback – just way too slowly. – BOB BURCHETT Rancho Palos Verdes RPV needs investigation last_img read more

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